New location for global oil and gas safety conference


25th February 2016

ORGANISERS of the world’s only conference focused on safety and competency in the oil and gas industry have announced this year’s event is moving from the Middle East to Malaysia.

The seventh annual OPITO Safety and Competence Conference - OSCC 2016 - will take place in Kuala Lumpur on 16th November. The one-day event is expected to attract over international 450 delegates and 30 exhibitors.

Under the theme “Fit for the Future”, the conference will challenge current thinking on the regulation, maintenance and delivery of safety training and competence standards. Through keynote presentations and debates it will look at how technology can create real efficiencies in training and assessment processes; and explore how the industry can bring innovation to the way it trains people to go to work and get home safely.

David Doig, group chief executive for OPITO said: “The low oil price is redefining our industry, sharpening the focus around cost and efficiency and challenging current practices. This presents an opportunity to examine the way in which competence and safety is delivered to ensure the global workforce is fit for the future.

“The cyclical nature of our commodity-driven market dictates that where there are highs there will always be lows. Risk, however, remains the same. We need to look hard at how we set standards, train people and assess competence today in order to re-set the skills and competence landscape to cope with the highs and lows of tomorrow.”

The OSCC is the only global event focused on debating the issues around safety and competency in oil and gas. Devised by international training standards body, OPITO as part of its drive for common global standards, it brings together industry leaders, government bodies, regulators and training providers to share new thinking and best practice.

It has taken place in the Middle East since its launch in 2010 however OPITO’s intention has always been for the conference to reflect the global nature of the industry by moving across different international oil and gas hubs.

“OSCC has gone from strength to strength since its launch and is now firmly established as a key event in the industry calendar. Kuala Lumpur was selected as the first of our new locations as a direct result of feedback from delegates,” added Mr Doig.

Registrations are now open and places can be booked online at

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